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UNC governors start discussing tuition plan

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The supervisors of North Carolina's public university system are starting discussions about the likely direction for tuition costs.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Thursday plans to talk about a new four-year tuition plan for costs that would take effect with the 2015-16 academic year. The state universities board previously set four-year tuition plans in 2006 and 2010.

The goal was limiting tuition increases to 7 percent a year, but that cap was surpassed since the recession to offset legislative budget cuts.

Tuition revenue has increased by 50 percent in the past five years, while state spending has increased three percent.

Taxpayers cover about 60 percent of running the universities, in part because the state constitution requires higher education be as close to free as possible.


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